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Institutes of Technology Ireland
Research & Innovation

Research, development and innovation at a glance

There is a significant base of research development and innovation activity across the sector including:

  • 46 specialist research centres or groups, developed and supported by various funding mechanisms
  • This portfolio of industry-focused research centres and initiatives supported 521 researchers and support staff in 2011, all actively engaged in research activities
  • The quality of these research resources is reflected in their ability to access a wide range of funding awards, including IRCSET, IRCHSS and TSR at national level and FP7 and Interreg from EU sources.
  • Leading researchers in the IoTs have also demonstrated their experience and reputation by accessing 34 Science Foundation Ireland awards since establishment of the organization, covering Principal Investigator, Research Frontiers, Stokes Professorships/Lectureships, Starting Investigator, ETS Walton Professor and TIDA feasibility grants.
  • A substantial postgraduate student base is sustained through this research activity, with 871 recorded in 2011.
  • The work across the centres and initiatives generated €218mn in research funding between 2006 and 2010, of which 66% was allocated toward research in ICT, Health and Biotechnology, as shown below.

Research Funding in the Institutes of Technology 2006-2010

Research Funding in the Institutes of Technology 2006-2010

  • There are 15 on-site innovation and incubation centres which provide dedicated space, support, facilities and access to research expertise for up to 300 new and growing companies at any one time. 
  • Funding by Enterprise Ireland of 13 Applied Research Enhancement Centres, which build on areas of specialist research capability across the Institutes. As demonstrated in the table below these ARE centres have substantially expanded the level of interaction with industry around practical research and innovation projects, with industry investment in these projects increasing significantly in recent years.

Industry Impact from IoT Applied Research Enhancement Centres


2008

2009

2010

2011

Total

Industrial Collaborations

36

69

117

150

372

Innovation Voucher Projects

20

45

70

52

187

Innovation Partnership Projects

2

7

13

19

41

Projects Directly Funded by Industry

14

17

34

79

144

Income from Collaborative Projects

€570,000

€451,000

€1,550,000

€3,200,000

€5,771,000

Industry Contribution to
Collaborative Projects

€226,000

€102,000

€615,000

€1,500,000

€2,443,000

Industry Contribution %

39.7%

22.2%

39.7%

46.7%

42.3%

News

4th June 2015: AIT Research Fellow Presented with Fulbright Award

A senior research fellow at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) was presented with a Fulbright Award in Dublin on Wednesday, 4 June.

26th May 2015: CIT hosts 30th Space Studies Programme 2017

Strasbourg, France – The International Space University (ISU) is proud to announce that the 30th annual Space Studies Programme (SSP) session will be hosted by CIT from 19 June – 18 August 2017. The programme includes a one week optional English refresher course.

12th May 2015: WIT Recruiting 15 PHD Scholars to join its Research-Informed Community

Waterford Institute to Technology (WIT) is recruiting 15 PhD scholars across a range of disciplines as part of its prioritisation of research growth at the Institute and its commitment to developing a stimulating work environment for researchers.

5th May 2015: €1.5M 'Horizon 2020' Success for CIT Research

Researchers from the Nimbus Centre at CIT have been successful in winning funding for two prestigious ‘Horizon 2020’ Projects in the ‘ICT for Energy Efficient Buildings’ call 2015.

16th April 2015: WIT Collaborative Project Ranked Number 1 in First Horizon 2020 Funding Win

The Convergent Technologies Research Group (CRTG) within the School of Engineering at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is part of a major research consortium that achieved the highest rank as one of Ireland’s first Horizon 2020 funding wins.